The GOP’s ‘minority-rule’ project
E.J. Dionne Jr.
The Washington Post
Why are evangelical conservatives and Republicans so willing to defend President Trump’s “indefensible behavior”? asked E.J. Dionne Jr. They deeply fear the demographic and cultural changes transforming the electorate, and “want to lock in their current policy preferences, no matter how much the country changes or how sharply public opinion swings against them.” As the country grows less white and less conservative, GOP leaders are well aware that maintaining power will require minority rule, which is why they are aggressively pushing for voter-ID statutes and purging voter rolls. It’s also why Republicans adamantly defend the Electoral College; in 2020, Trump might lose the popular vote by up to 10 million and still be re-elected. Trump has bought off the evangelical vote by filling the federal courts and the Supreme Court with arch-conservatives who share their opposition to gay marriage and abortion. The wealthy and corporations also are counting on Trump’s judges to protect them. Since Trump is giving Republicans control of the courts for decades to come, everything else he does “is negotiable, or ignorable.” No matter what Trump says or does, Republicans won’t turn on him, because they believe he’s essential to their “minority-rule project.”